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04-20-2013, 03:04 PM
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Great sportspeople who don't care

Today saw the start of the 2013 Snooker World Championship, where Ronnie O'Sullivan opened the defense of his title with a relatively straightforward 10-4 win.

O'Sullivan has won many things in his time as a snooker player, he's been world champion four times, he's made millions from playing it and is often described as the "most natually talented player ever" (and when he's on his game it's hard to argue with this) yet despite his ability, he frequently discusses how he doesn't like snooker, or can't dedicate himself to it the way other players do and the way other athletes in other sports do. He was even intially not going to bother defending his world title, he had to be coerced into it by the head of World Snooker. He's barely played since he won the title last year.

What I want to know is: why? Why is someone who is so good at something unable to focus himself to do it? This is an example of what he is capable of:


Yet he can't focus himself to do it all the time (even considering what he's won and how long he's played for, he has underachieved as a player), is it some mental thing unique to him? Is it something that happens to other people in other sports?

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